Madison Bumgarner received a warm reception at AT&T Park in his return to the San Francisco Giants’ rotation.
Bumgarner was placed on the 60-day disabled list after suffering a fractured left pinky during spring training. On Tuesday, Bumgarner made his season debut and received an ovation as he walked out to the pitcher’s mound prior to the first inning.
Last week, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Bumgarner’s rehab process could be accelerated after a strong outing. There was speculation Bumgarner could start on Friday. While that did not happen, fans didn’t have wait much longer to see their four-time All-Star.
The Giants have managed to stay afloat without their ace and went into Tuesday’s game just 1.5 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West.
Madison Bumgarner’s 2018 season debut seems to be right around the corner.
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters on Sunday that the All-Star lefty had a strong rehab outing this week that will likely accelerate his rehab. He also did not rule out the possibility of Bumgarner returning on Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies, per Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic.
Bumgarner, the former World Series MVP, is currently on the 60-day disabled list with a fractured left pinky finger he suffered in spring training and has yet to pitch for the Giants this season. The team has gone just 25-27 in his absence, so Bumgarner’s return to the rotation will obviously be a huge boost for them. We have an idea of how he might be celebrating his return too.
Madison Bumgarner is getting closer to a return for the San Francisco Giants.
The team is targeting May 26 for Bugmarner’s first rehab start, according to The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy also says that Bumgarner will make at least three rehab starts, which means he wouldn’t return to the big club until June even if all goes well.
Bumgarner has been out since breaking his pinkie during spring training. He was limited to 111 innings last year after injuring himself in a dirt bike accident, and now he’ll only see limited duty again this year. The southpaw is a four-time All-Star and three-time World Series champ.
The San Francisco Giants may be getting good news soon about pitcher Madison Bumgarner.
According to Andrew Baggarly of the Athletic, Bumgarner threw a good bullpen session on Friday and may begin increasing his rehab quite rapidly.
Bumgarner is more or less on target from his recovery from a broken hand suffered during spring training. He had the pins removed roughly three weeks ago, and looks to be on course for a return in late May, which was the more optimistic target. The Giants are 19-20 without him, so while they’re not doing great, they’ve also held up alright.
Madison Bumgarner is making progress in his return from a broken hand.
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported on Thursday that Bumgarner had pins removed from his hand and will begin playing catch in a few weeks. He also says Bumgarner is progressing towards a late May-early June return.
Bumgarner was diagnosed with a fractured left hand after being hit by a line drive during a spring training game on March 23.
The standout pitcher is on the 60-day disabled list and cannot return until May 26 at the earliest.
The San Francisco Giants have received very bad news on starter Madison Bumgarner.
According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Bumgarner sustained a fractured left hand during Friday’s spring training game.
Bumgarner sustained the injury when he was hit on the hand by a line drive.
It’s unclear how long Bumgarner will be out, but given that this is a fracture of his pitching hand, you’d have to figure he’s going to miss significant time to start the season.
The San Francisco Giants are facing a big scare over their ace left-hander.
Madison Bumgarner left Friday’s spring training game after being hit on the pitching hand or wrist by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City Royals infielder Whit Merrifield.
There was no immediate word on the severity of the injury.
The Giants can ill-afford any significant injury to Bumgarner. Beyond the fact that he’s their best pitcher, they’re already down a starter due to injury, and they would have a hard time absorbing another major absence.
San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is moving closer to a return.
According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Bumgarner threw a 20-pitch bullpen session on Friday, and he is slated to throw a simulated game on the team’s next road trip.
Bumgarner is working his way back from a dirt bike accident that led to a shoulder injury. There remains no firm timetable for his return. August could be a possibility, though he sounds as if he is making good progress and he might be able to beat that.
One of the savviest things any Major League Baseball general manager can do is get a player on a cheap, long-term contract that covers the athlete’s prime years. It’s often done before a player truly establishes themselves as an elite force, though not always. Regardless, such deals can harness incredible talent while freeing up payroll space to add other pieces — or, for those on a non-contending franchise, add even more trade value to a player on the block.
Here is a list of 10 big league players who are currently playing at prices well below market value.
10) Christian Yelich, Miami (seven years, $49.57 million)
The 25-year-old Yelich has quietly developed into one of the National League’s better players.
Yelich has taken over as the Marlins’ full-time center fielder in 2017 for the first time, all while continuing to grow as a hitter. His offense is down a bit off a breakout 2016, where he hit .298 with 21 home runs and 38 doubles, but the sample size on his 2017 is small.
The Marlins are getting this for a bargain price.
Yelich is in the third season of a seven-year, $49.57 million pact with the Marlins. The deal could add an eighth year for another $15 million if Miami opts to exercise that team option for 2022. All this means is that Yelich, a five-win player by Baseball Reference’s WAR statistic, is signed through his physical prime for well below market value.
9) Chris Archer, Tampa Bay (six years, $25.5 million)
The San Francisco Giants knew they’d be without ace pitcher Madison Bumgarner for quite some time, but he may not return to the mound until after the All-Star break.
According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants hope to have Bumgarner playing catch by late May. Still, that timeline will not have him on the mound until early August, a few weeks later than the original estimate, which had him set for a return somewhere around the All-Star game.
Bumgarner suffered the shoulder injury in a dirt bike accident on an off day, which could impact him in the future. This news won’t make the Giants any happier, as they’re 13-24 and struggling mightily without him.